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Sapphire HD 4890 Review

ccokeman    -   April 2, 2009
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Testing:

Left 4 Dead is a new release from Valve that leaves you as part of a group of survivors in a world where an infection has rapidly turned the populace into a zombie horde. You goal is to make it to a rescue point, all the while fighting what seems like overwhelming odds. Along the way there are safe houses where you can replenish your weapons and health. The movie 'I Am Legend' comes to mind to set the stage for this game. But unlike the movie, there are four characters and not just a lone gun and his faithful companion. The horde is not at all like the typical slow walking, foot shuffling zombie. These zombies are quick and work with the pack mentality. Your job: survival! Below are several screenshots to show some in-game action.

Settings:

  • 4xAA
  • 16x AF
  • All other in game settings to maximum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The HD 4890 keeps up with the GTX 280 and beats the GTX 260 cards until 2560x1600 where it is beaten by four frames per second by the GTX 280 and is still one frame per second faster than the Palit GTX 260. The GTX 275 cleans house in every resolution by between three to six frames per second. Not that that would be noticeable in game. The level of performance the 4890 delivers is higher than the HD 4870 offerings both in stock and overclocked configurations.

 




  1. Intrduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Card)
  3. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs
  4. Closer Look (Catalyst Control Center)
  5. Specifcations & Features
  6. Testing (Setup & Overclocking)
  7. Testing: Far Cry 2
  8. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  9. Testing: BioShock
  10. Testing: Call Of Duty World at War
  11. Testing: Dead Space
  12. Testing: Fallout 3
  13. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  14. Testing: 3DMark 06
  15. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  16. Conclusion
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